To get today’s class started we review the poems in the Scavenger Hunt packet. Since students love to read poetry, it is not difficult to find volunteers. Here are a few videos of "Screamin' Millie", "Willow and Ginkgo" and an original poem by two students titled "Pi." Each day I offer students the opportunity to present an original poem or a favorite poem and these are this day's offerings:
We determine who the speaker of the poem may be and also talk about theme. What message is the author hoping to leave with the reader? By far, the most challenging is the poems is “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou. The students have all kinds of ideas about the ‘who’ and ‘why’ of the poem and a lively discussion ensues. The most important thing to do at this time is to require specific evidence. Over and over I hear myself asking Where do you see that in the poem? What line? What words make you say think that? The students often have conflicting ideas and that’s okay.
Now that we have read and marked up all the poems in the packet students work independently to fill in the final pages of the packet, which asks them to identify certain examples of poetic devices in the poems.
At the end, I have them add these directions: Choose one of the poetic devices you have written above and explain why you think the author choose that device and how it adds to the meaning of the poem. Be sure to include the author’s name and the title of the poem in your explanation.